Invited Symposium: Neural Bases of Hypnosis



Hypnotizability and Automaticity




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Automaticity, Hypnotizability and the Creation of Anomalous Experiences: Neuro-physiological Indicators

Laurence, J.R. (Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Canada)
Slako, F. (Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Canada)
Le Beau, M. (Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Canada)

Contact Person: Jean-Roch Laurence (jrlaure@vax2.concordia.ca)


Mesmer's attempt to explain animal magnetism through the neurophysiological action of a purported magnetic fluid launched a quest that is still ongoing. Being able to pin down what happens during hypnosis to physiological processes would finally establish this phenomenon in the realm of the hard sciences. We propose that hypnotizability, not hypnosis, stems from an individual's capacity to automatise responses. This automatisation capacity implicates frontal lobe processing differences along the hypnotizability continuum. Convergent evidence from recent studies in our laboratory, from ERPs studies of automaticity to the activation of automatic responses during hypnosis, strongly suggests that the triggering physiological mechanisms underlying hypnosis are at play long before hypnosis is induced.

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Presentation Number SAlaurence0642
Keywords: automaticity, hypnotizability, frontal lobes

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Laurence, J.R.; Slako, F.; Le Beau, M.; (1998). Automaticity, Hypnotizability and the Creation of Anomalous Experiences: Neuro-physiological Indicators. Presented at INABIS '98 - 5th Internet World Congress on Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, Canada, Dec 7-16th. Invited Symposium. Available at URL http://www.mcmaster.ca/inabis98/woody/laurence0642/index.html
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